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  1. Ethics Pledges -- Make Them Stick

    ... might call that place hell. But the correct name, of course, is Utah, home of some of the most lax campaign finance laws and weakest ... to a worthy cause, i.e. not themselves. Nice! Of course, Jones and Mascaro left a few things off the wish list. An outright gift ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-04-20 12:47 - 1 comment

  2. There Is a Meaningful Difference Between Making Accusations and Saying You've Filed an Ethics Complaint

    ... 2010, the Middle District Judge granted Stilp's Motion for Summary Judgment and issued a permanent injunction as to the enforcement of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-10-22 11:43 - 0 comments

  3. Ethics Commission E-Newsletters

    ... Other Topics The Atlanta newsletter also includes a summary of a recent advisory opinion, with a link to the complete version; news ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-04-20 09:59 - 0 comments

  4. Setback for Municipal Campaign Finance Reform

    ... report, which former Senator Bill Bradley originated (a summary can be found here ) and a 2001 Addendum , outlining the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-02-16 18:26 - 0 comments


    ... mandates that state officials complete an ethics training course every two years. The FPPC and the Attorney General's Office developed an ... and the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics. The course is conducted at least twice each year and there is a small fee to ...

    DonMc - 2008-12-02 09:07 - 0 comments

  6. Blogging by Local Government Officials - A New Kind of Transparency

    ... dialogue, and diversity of ideas. Of course, such a blog can be abused. The one kind of abuse people really have to ... official. Here's an article , by a California mayor of course, on local government official blogging. Thanks to Judy Nadler (a former ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-06-11 11:26 - 0 comments

  7. City Ethics Support

    ... of conduct is never sufficient in and of itself. Unless a course of action can be adequately explained on ethical grounds, it is not a ... the full URL in this example to the path would still be node/7. Usually different user roles are given permission to use different ...

    DonMc - 2015-04-28 15:55

  8. When a Conflict Requires Not Withdrawal, But Ending a Controversy

    ... When an official has a conflict of interest, the usual course is to withdraw from any discussion or vote on the matter. But this is ... decide (the meeting is scheduled for tomorrow). Of course, the superintendent cannot come out in favor of naming the school after ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-08-10 06:50 - 0 comments

  9. San Diego: An Unappreciative Council and a Close Look at the Revolving Door

    ... despite a 5-0 vote for it at the committee level. Of course, they didn't actually vote against it, but instead sent it to back ... here's the press release that followed his fine). Of course, the councilman implied some favoritism on the part of the ethics ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-10-20 09:29 - 0 comments

  10. Vague, Character-Based Ethics Rules Give More Power Than Guidance

    ... president using character as a primary criterion. Of course, the public can do no better. Who knows to what extent Obama or Romney ... whatever individual or body interprets the language (and, of course, in the hands of whatever individuals(s) or body selects the individual ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-11-06 06:59 - 0 comments